Cheesy Grits Soufflé

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 Serves 8-10

4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
2 cups uncooked regular yellow grits
3 cups milk
1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears)
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups (8 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
6 Tbsp. butter
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. hot sauce
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1. Preheat oven to 350°. Generously butter a 3-qt. baking dish; freeze 10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, bring 3 cups water and 1 tsp. salt to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Gradually whisk in grits; return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, and cook, whisking often, 2 to 3 minutes or until thickened. Whisk in milk, and cook, stirring constantly, 3 to 4 minutes or until grits are creamy.

3. Remove from heat, and stir in corn, next 7 ingredients, and remaining 3 tsp. salt. Spread mixture in prepared dish. Place on an aluminum foil-lined jelly-roll pan.

4. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until puffed, firm around edges, and slightly soft in center. Remove from oven to a wire rack, and cool 5 minutes before serving.

Makes 8 to 10 servings. Hands-on 25 min.; Total 1 hour, 20 min.